If you’ve perused the different topics we write about on the TeleGeography blog, there’s a chance you’ve stumbled upon our colocation content.
But what defines colocation?
In short: a colocation center is a data center that provides shared space for network storage and interconnection.
Unlike a web hosting site, a colocation facility provides storage for the customers’ own equipment. The facility typically provisions power, cooling, security, and intra-site connectivity, among other offerings.
Follow-up question: how does this differ—or relate to—cloud computing?
Cloud computing is essentially dynamic hosting, where users share computing resources that are allocated on-demand from the cloud provider’s servers.
Colocation, on the other hand, is the physical space in which you may operate your company-owned software and hardware. (The joke we like to make is that the cloud doesn’t really exist; it’s just someone else’s server.)
Jonathan Hjembo heads TeleGeography's colocation data center research, focusing on both capacity development and pricing for key markets. He also specializes in research on international transport and internet capacity development, with a particular focus on Eastern Europe. He maintains the dataset for internetexchangemap.com and has increasingly worked with key members of the IX community in exploring the intersection of network, colocation, and peering.